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Alum Treatment at Grand Lake St. Mary's

COLUMBUS, OHIO—Alum treatment will begin Thursday, September 23 and be completed by late Friday, September 24 at demonstration areas around Grand Lake St. Marys, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The alum will be applied in liquid form using a boat-mounted system by Sweetwater Technology of Aitkin, Minn. The demonstration project will be supervised by Tetra Tech, a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Prior to the treatment, curtains have been erected in six areas including the West Bank Marina, Otterbein channels, Harmons channel, the 4-H camp channel and the West Beach area. Boaters are asked to avoid the curtained areas until November 1 when the demonstration project is expected to be complete.

This week’s demonstration project, which covers about 45 acres, will help determine the effectiveness of alum as a means to inactivate phosphorus in the lake water. The information gathered by this demonstration will be used to determine whether a whole-lake treatment is appropriate, as well as decide the dosing requirements. If effective, it will buy time for longer term projects throughout the watershed and in the lake to permanently improve water quality.

This project is financed in part through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 39-Cheaper Camping at Grand Lake St. Mary's

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COLUMBUS, OH—In an effort to off-set lost revenues of local businesses and individuals, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering deep discounts on camping and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

Campsite fees and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park are being discounted by 50 percent. Discounts will be offered until December 31, 2010. For existing reservations, discounts will be applied at the time of arrival.

“Discounting ODNR services may be unprecedented, but the problem at Grand Lake St Marys is also unprecedented. We are taking the steps we can to attract visitors, and these camping and shelter house discounts are one way to help.” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “Every dollar spent at the state park by each visitor brings benefits that reach far beyond our own marinas and other facilities.

Reservations for Grand Lake St. Marys may be made by calling toll-free (866) OHIOPARKS (644-6727) or on-line at www.ohiostateparks.org. When making a camping reservation, please select the “Grand Lake Special” from the drop-down menu for discounts. No other discounts will apply to this special discount, which is being offered exclusively at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park offers a variety of overnight and day-use activities including: 176 electric campsites and 28 non-electric sites; full service camp store; bike rentals; miniature golf; basketball and volleyball courts; playground equipment; dog park; and free WiFi.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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